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    New to me XR400

    Got a new to me 1998 xr400. Itís mechanically all stock , and original save for some bars. Ran ok when I got it but wouldnít idle with out the choke. Re jetted it and cleaned the carb and she runs like a champ. Have a power tip for the exhaust in the mail with a few other things , levers , nuts and bolts , and a used odometer from ebay (original one was missing). Plastics are 20 years old but zero cracks so Iíll leave em for now. Iíll put my money into a bigger tank and some pegs for now. Excited for the new ride. Missing a back wheel I know but Iím stoked.


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    Nice ride, that's a good trail bike

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    Good score!

    Where's that at?....Hesperia? It almost looks like Yucca Valley...but no Joshua trees.

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    Thanks Matt. Thatís what I got it for.
    And yes Kanppy thatís actually oak hills. Hesperia kinda. Right at the top of the hill. My parents place. Where I keep my trailer and my extra stuff.


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    Great bike!!! My friend has one. He keeps bugging me to buy it.

    What's the bike situation in Cali? Cheap?

    What do you mean "missing a back wheel"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Canadian View Post
    What do you mean "missing a back wheel"?
    He means it's not a 3-wheeler!

    I have a 2000 XR400. Truly an awesome bike. Unfortunately, my dirt bike skills are not awesome.
    Some of my friends have ridden it closer to its potential. Some would even say it's one of the best "woods bikes" ever made.
    And deceptively fast. It is faster than my 250R across my front yard - it doesn't feel as fast, but it definitely is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Canadian View Post
    Great bike!!! My friend has one. He keeps bugging me to buy it.

    What's the bike situation in Cali? Cheap?

    What do you mean "missing a back wheel"?
    Itís a great bike to have. Easy to ride and very reliable. Southern Cali is a great place to buy a used bike. We picked this up for 1200$. Had a dirty carb, up to date registration and pink slip in hand. Cleaned it up and it runs great. A clean xr400 averages about 1800 to 2200. If there street legal itís worth over 3000.
    And as keister stated , itís not a three wheeler. Just my bad attempt at humor.


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    Quote Originally Posted by keister View Post
    He means it's not a 3-wheeler!

    I have a 2000 XR400. Truly an awesome bike. Unfortunately, my dirt bike skills are not awesome.
    Some of my friends have ridden it closer to its potential. Some would even say it's one of the best "woods bikes" ever made.
    And deceptively fast. It is faster than my 250R across my front yard - it doesn't feel as fast, but it definitely is.
    Iím with you, my dirt bike skills are mediocre. But thatís the nice thing about this bike you can trail ride it all day and itís fine. As far as power yeah there much quicker than people give them credit for. Only 266lbs and if you have them tuned correctly (air box mods and carb jets with exhaust tip) they push almost 33-35 hp at the wheel.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Powell View Post
    It’s a great bike to have. Easy to ride and very reliable. Southern Cali is a great place to buy a used bike. We picked this up for 1200$. Had a dirty carb, up to date registration and pink slip in hand. Cleaned it up and it runs great. A clean xr400 averages about 1800 to 2200. If there street legal it’s worth over 3000.
    And as keister stated , it’s not a three wheeler. Just my bad attempt at humor.


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    LOL. I was a bit slow on that one. Prices are about the same. Maybe a bit higher here when they do go up for sale. I still love my '85 XL250R. Thing has history with me and runs great.
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    These are a way better bike than, I dunno, like the DR650 for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fabiodriven View Post
    These are a way better bike than, I dunno, like the DR650 for example.
    Haha. Sub tweet of the day goes to Fabio.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fabiodriven View Post
    These are a way better bike than, I dunno, like the DR650 for example.
    I will say this. I have ridden a DRZ400 and it was noticeably faster than my XR400.
    My XR is all stock and the DRZ had a pipe, so maybe that was part of it.
    But the DRZ is fuel injected and also e-start.
    If I had it to do over, I might have gone the other way on that choice.
    But my dirt bike days are done for anyway, I need to stick with trikes (but I'll keep my Fat Cat just in case).

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    New to me XR400

    Quote Originally Posted by keister View Post
    I will say this. I have ridden a DRZ400 and it was noticeably faster than my XR400.
    My XR is all stock and the DRZ had a pipe, so maybe that was part of it.
    But the DRZ is fuel injected and also e-start.
    If I had it to do over, I might have gone the other way on that choice.
    But my dirt bike days are done for anyway, I need to stick with trikes (but I'll keep my Fat Cat just in case).
    I would guess just based on motor design the drz is faster. Keep in mind though the drz weighs over 30lbs more than the xr (e start radiator etc). I prefer the xr based on how it rides. Turns a bit tighter and the drz feels top heavy. All a preference. Plus Iím a Honda guy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fabiodriven View Post
    These are a way better bike than, I dunno, like the DR650 for example.

    Oh......Ok....... It's on now!

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